Using the telephone is also not a straightforward act in Cuba.You can use a land line of the Casa particular (Cuba residence) where you are staying to call, or you have to buy a special government issued calling card to use at pay phones and pray that you call when they are home.**All names have been changed to been to protect the innocent, but since there are no innocent, they were just changed because I can’t remember.Eventually the restless Italian on the bus from Cienfuegos to Havana slumped into the seat across from mine.Tall with light colored eyes, they stood in stark contrast with the local atmosphere. It wasn’t a difficult sell once they took one look at Mike’s “shoes” – they were these new age ugly shoes with the each of the 5 toes wrapped up and seperated.Cuban’s don’t have those – nor would they be caught dead in them.As the night ended she informed me that her father was picking her and her friend up because they lived 45 minutes away.
Cubans take one kind of bus, and tourists take another kind of bus. I had managed to make it through the night unscathed, thwarting off the girls dressed up asking if I wanted a “companera” when I met my first Cuban girl not working the bar for a customer for the night. She looked more Spanish, but one minute of dancing confirmed that she was in fact Cuban.Are the obstacles too much to overcome in pursuit of true love?Yes and no, but juggling the telephone company, police, parents, and language barriers – is much easier than dealing with the Bachelorized fantasies of American women.It is probably kind of like dating in the 1960’s except with the added allure of foreign languages, government oversight, and the reality of even if you can set up a date in the future, you must also figure out how to get to their house, and where you can go without the police asking why are you talking to this dirty dog?**************** So in the end, was I able to crack the Cuban dating scene code?Things continued this way in Cuba in some which way or form. [insert something Spanishy and questioning like] as they came upon Mike.